29th April

 

St Francis Disaster Group again shows the way!

Following the welcome but, in parts, destructive rainfall of Wednesday night, St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group members were again quick to...

Heavy Rainfall Causes Some Havoc around Kouga

Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseHEAVY falls of rain on Wednesday night, caused some havoc across the Kouga region - damaging several houses and...

CENTRE OF GRACE FOUNDATION: KOUGA BACKS AUTISM CENTRE FOR CHILDREN

 Kouga Municipality Media ReleaseTHE little dark head girl laughs exuberantly – her dark eyes gleaming with innocent pleasure as her colourful...

FOSTER – 30 years of supporting our natural heritage

Whatever your view of Cape St Francis, and however you use the nature reserves -- to walk, to cycle, to let their resources of wildflowers, birds...

Local surfers up in arms over Webcams

Local surfers were up in arms last week following news of a webcam having been erected on a private property overlooking Seal Point. I took the...

COURT CONFIRMS SAMWU STRIKE ILLEGAL AND UNLAWUFUL

KOUGA Municipality’s case against SAMWU was heard in the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday (April 30).The court needed to give judgement on...

ST FRANCIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO WIN TITLE

The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three...

MUNICIPALITY TO ROLL-OUT FIBRE IN KOUGA

RESIDENTS and local businesses’ internet connection are set to receive a hefty shot of steroids that will make an ADSL-line look like snail...

Quick action prevents Sea Vista shack fire spreading

Thanks to swift action last night (27th April) by our Sea Vista volunteers who alerted the DVG to a shack fire, the Kouga Fire Services was alerted...

Kouga Embarks on Water Drive as Hankey Patensie Go Dry

FILL up and drop off . . . all for a good cause for thousands of local households in desperate need of water.Kouga Municipality, in conjunction with...

TIDES

High 4:56AM 2.1m
Low 11:06AM 0.2m
High 5:16PM 2m
Low 11:21PM 0.3m
 
 

 

LOAD SHEDDING SUSPENDED

WEATHER
A thick cloud cover and cooler with a couple of showers
Max 18C
Wind – SW 20 km/h

LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)

MUNICIPALITY TO ROLL-OUT FIBRE IN KOUGA  –  RESIDENTS and local businesses’ internet connection are set to receive a hefty shot of steroids that will make an ADSL-line look like snail mail.

ST FRANCIS NEEDS YOUR VOTE TO WIN TITLE  –  The greater St Francis is in the running for the coveted kykNET Kwêla Town of the Year title for 2021 – after being named one of the three semi-finalists in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, April 25, on Kwêla.

REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)  

Eastern Cape crisis: Only 1.5% usable water left in Nelson Mandela Bay’s biggest dam  –  Nelson Mandela Bay’s director of water and sanitation, Barry Martin, looked stressed as he read from the list in front of him.

Metro thirsty for rain as taps are expected to run dry  –  With average combined dam levels were down to 12.9% in the past 48 hours,

Metro’s latest green building saves 40 tons of CO2 emissions  –  Nelson Mandela Bay’s newest green building has saved an estimated 40 000 kg of CO2 emissions in the past 12 months

KwaNobuhle to get 100 water tanks as day zero looms  –  One hundred water tanks will be deployed across 50 locations in KwaNobuhle by the end of June, the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality said on Wednesday

SA & AFRICA NEWS:

Mango flights to resume as Acsa lifts suspension over debt  –  Airports Company SA (Acsa) said on Wednesday afternoon it had lifted the suspension on Mango airlines from using its airports due to outstanding debt.

Watch: Escaped herd of horses gallop down the N2 highway  –  A herd of about 15 horses escaped from a paddock and were seen galloping on the N2 highway 

‘Estate agent’ nabbed for fraud linked to R3m scam spanning three provinces  –  A bogus estate agent accused of fraudulently selling houses to desperate buyers has been linked to a wider scam spanning three provinces and amounting to more than R3m.

SADC ministers agree to deploy a regional force in Mozambique  –  But a summit for heads of state to ratify the plan has been postponed.

 

COVID NEWS:

Over 1 000 new Covid-19 cases identified in SA  –  The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa rose to 1 578 450 on Wednesday, with 1 250 new cases reported.

COVID VACCINE:

J&J vaccination rollout resumes with warnings of side effects  –  The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccination rollout programme, which was halted two weeks ago, resumed on Wednesday with strict warnings of side effects.

South Africa to get Russian and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines  –  South Africa plans to buy Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines and shots developed by China’s Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd as it steps up efforts to tackle the coronavirus.

POLITICS:

Did anyone see Lindiwe Sisulu’s ‘call’ to engineers?  –  A search for Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s claimed call to South Africa’s engineers, ahead of importing Cuban expertise, has yielded no results.

Western Cape health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo resigns as leader of DA Women’s Network  –  DA Women’s Network (Dawn) leader Nomafrench Mbombo has resigned. Mbombo is also the health MEC in the Western Cape. 

CORRUPTION WATCH:

Ramaphosa admits to ‘massive system failure’ in the appointment of SOE boards  –  Appearing before the Zondo Commission, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the appointments of people such as Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko, Arthur Fraser and Dudu Myeni bypassed the ANC’s deployment committee.

New SA hero Judge Ray Zondo: Hamba kahle, babe dragon-slayer, says Chuck Stephens  –  The Zondo Commisson of Inquiry into State Capture live streams have drawn the crowds, a lot like the televised murder trial of Oscar Pistorius in 2014.

Asset Forfeiture Unit granted R249m restraint order in Free State corruption case  –  The Free State high court has granted a restraint order of R249m to the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Bloemfontein related to the Estina dairy corruption case.

ZUMA:

Duduzane talks Guptas, presidential ambitions with Sizwe Dhlomo  –  Former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma announced earlier this year that he was ready to take on president Cyril Ramaphosa.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE:

‘If men are these monsters’: Life in the fray of SA’s gender-based violence projects  –  South Africa is rushing to roll out its first national gender-based violence action plan. But as bureaucracy and the coronavirus pandemic stall progress, violence against women continues unabated. 

BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:

South Africa’s real GDP stopped growing 14 years ago: Mboweni  –  While South Africa’s economy is seeing a rebound, post-Covid-19 lockdown, it is lagging behind other comparable countries, says Finance minister Tito Mboweni.

Covid-caused liquidations hit SMMEs hardest, stats show  –  New statistics show the devastating effect of Covid-19 on business and in particular, small businesses, but there is help for them.

South African consumers are struggling to pay their bills  –  The latest findings from the research Consumer Pulse Report by TransUnion shows the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis on South African consumers has dropped drastically by 20 percentage points to 62%.

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY:

Domestic tourism shows signs of an uptick  –  There are signs of a strong recovery in domestic tourism in SA as booking volumes climb in some cases even higher than in pre-Covid-19 months. 

TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:

Everyshop’s big plans to take on Takealot – with pick-up-points, lockers, and in-store terminals  –  Everyshop is investing millions to become a significant ecommerce player in South Africa with its future plans including pick-up lockers and in-store terminals.

Netflix launches “Play Something”  –  Netflix has launched “Play Something”, a feature that allows subscribers to click a button and immediately start watching a movie or an episode of a show recommended by its algorithm.

INTERNATIONAL:

Biden pitches ‘once in a generation investment’ to Congress  –  US President Joe Biden has laid out sweeping proposals for jobs, education and social care in his first speech to a joint session of Congress.

India suffers worst day of pandemic with record number of cases and deaths  –  Crematoriums in Delhi forced to build makeshift funeral pyres on spare patches of land as Covid death toll surges

EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:

Climate change: World’s glaciers melting at accelerating rate  –  The world’s glaciers are melting at an accelerating rate, according to a comprehensive new study.

Wasps ‘could be just as valuable as bees if we give them the chance’  –  Wasps are expert pollinators, useful for medication and even as a source of food, the researchers found.

Billion-year-old fossil found in Scotland unlocks secrets of earth’s earliest lifeforms  –  Researchers say the earliest forms of life on earth may have developed in freshwater, rather than the ocean.

THIS & THAT:

Blog spills the tea on secrets behind making food in ads look good  –  For me, food photography is arguably one of the most challenging types of photography out there.

SPORT:

Hank McCregor and Josh Fenn fast and furious in Freedom Paddle triumph  –  The occasion was one of celebrating Freedom Day but for the local Cape Town duo of Dawid and Jasper Mocke it was one of heartache 

Proteas can bloom again …  –  Cricket South Africa, finally and formally, removed the last remaining stumbling block to administrative reform

Tokyo Olympics organisers to apply strict Covid-19 protocols to athletes  –  Athletes finally have some clarity on the Covid-19 protocols they will face at the Tokyo Games later in 2021 after organisers release a list.